Upper Yosemite Falls Reflection

Upper Yosemite Falls Reflection

Abraham Lincoln set aside some lands in what is now Yosemite National Park in 1864. John Muir was instrumental in promoting setting aside even more land. He successfully lobbied Theodore Roosevelt during the President’s visit in 1903 to maintain this special place for later generations. Thank you to all who have preserved this exceptional place. We stayed at Yosemite Lakes RV Campground. Our campsite was on the North Fork of the Tuolumine River. The major negative is the mosquitoes. Cascade Creek Falls is the first waterfall encountered on our way in to Yosemite Valley from the Big Oak Flat entrance. The next major waterfall, Bridalveil Falls, distributed lots of mist that impacted my pictures. The rushing waters of Bridalveil Creek are awesome. On our first full day in the park we parked at Sentinel Bridge. After admiring Yosemite Chapel, we walked to the Lower Yosemite Falls trail and enjoyed this loop trail. A deer didn’t mind those of us photographing her. We boarded a shuttle and got off at the Yosemite Valley Village Center where we watched two films in the Theatre, ate lunch, and walked through the Wilderness Center, and Museum. We took another shuttle to the Mirror Lake trail where we hiked along Tenaya Creek.

Washburn Point

Washburn Point Vista

On our second full day in the park, we drove to Washburn Point for magnificent views of the 8,942 foot Half Dome, Nevada Falls with its 597 foot drop, and Vernal Falls with its drop of 307 feet. At the end of this road, Glacier Point, offers panoramic views of both Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Nevada/Vernal Falls. Back in our campground we took the steep climb of the Yurt Village Trail and returned via the Bunkhouse Trail and the Hardin Flat Road.

We decided to depart a day earlier than originally planned because weather forecasts predicted an impending storm. The Tioga Pass officially opened on May 18th, but would be closed if it snowed at elevations below 9,945 feet. We successfully negotiated the pass but encountered winds on our way to Lone Pine.